NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships
1997 NCAA Tournament Statistics Mitch Clark
Mitch ClarkPoints (Opponent)High Lights
110 (Surplus, Scott)Hi-Lite
110 (Surplus, Scott)Hi-Lite
Fall Pinned (Matusic, Bryan)Hi-Lite
106 (Straight, Jim)Hi-Lite
72 (Van Doren, Jon)Hi-Lite
26 (Weldon, Barry)Hi-Lite

Personal Information
Wrestler Name: Mitch ClarkConference: Big Ten
University / College: The Ohio State UniversityHometown: Canton
Classification: JuniorHome State: New York
Weight ClassSeason WinsSeason LossesCareer WinsCareer Losses
1773447625
Biography
177 Mitch Clark (34-4) Junior • 2 Letters Canton, N.Y. Canton Central H.S. 1997 Big Ten Champion • Ranked No. 5 in the nation at 177 pounds • Second career NCAA tourney appearance • 34 career falls 1996-97 (Junior): Captured Ohio State’s first Big Ten title since 1994, when Buckeye 142 pounder Dunyasha Yetts won an individual championship…Decisioned ninth-ranked and No. 2 seed Jevon Herman of Illinois, 5-3, in the title match…Knocked off fourth seed Brandon Eggum of Minnesota, 3-0, to reach the finals…Has won 17 of his last 18 and 22 of his last 24 matches, with one of his losses being an injury default…After a redshirt season in 1996, he returned as the Buckeyes’ starter at 177 pounds and was the team’s most consistent performer…Broke into the national rankings Dec. 18 in the No. 8 spot, moved up to seventh Feb. 19, then climbed to No. 5 in the final poll…Led Ohio State in falls with a career-high 13…Was 8-0 in Big Ten duals, missing only the Michigan State meet with a rib cartilage injury…Decisioned 11th-ranked Jevon Herman of Illinois, 10-9, in conference dual competition…Won the Michigan Open, defeating then-No. 1-ranked Erich Harvey of Michigan State by pin in the championship match…Was runner-up at the Las Vegas Invitational, where he defeated three nationally-ranked opponents to reach the finals, including beating two by fall. He lost in the Vegas final, 10-5, to Iowa State’s Barry Weldon, who was ranked No. 2 at 167 pounds at the time…Also placed second at the Oregon Classic where he lost by injury default to No. 7 Brandon Alderman of Wyoming in the final. 1995-96: Redshirted the 1995-96 campaign…Placed 2nd at the Espoir Nationals and 6th at the University Nationals. 1994-95 (Sophomore): Led OSU with an outstanding 12 pins, while only being pinned once…Had team’s fastest fall for second straight season (38 seconds, against Cliff Andres of Hofstra at the Michigan Open)…Finished 27-16…Took seventh place at the Big Ten Championships with two wins and two losses…Led team in reversals with 28…Qualified for the NCAA tourney, but did not place, going 1-2. 1993-94 (Freshman): Performed well as a freshman, posting a 15-5 record, including nine pins…Had OSU’s fastest fall of the season, a 44-second effort over Troy Jindra of Simon Fraser in the Oregon Wrestling Classic…His win over Jindra gave him third place in that meet. High School: Was the New York State freestyle champion… Placed second at the New York State Tournament as a junior and senior and fourth as a sophomore…Was first at the National High School Wrestling Tournament and garnered Most Outstanding Wrestler honors…Had a career record of 177-23. Personal: Born 6-10-75…Son of John and Donna Clark…Majoring in sports management…Would like to become a wrestling coach…His father serves as athletic director of St. Lawrence University. Favorite motivational phrase: “I can do all things through Christ, which strengthens me.” Career Record Year Won Lost Tied 1993-94 15 5 0 1995-96 27 16 0 1996-97 34 4 0 Totals 76 25 0 1996-97 Results (34-4 overall, 16-2 duals, 11-0 Big Ten duals & tourney) Date/Wt/Rnk Won Lost Opponent (school) Event 11- 9/177 4-2 Juggy Franklin (Findlay, unatt.) Slippery Rock Open 11- 9/177 8-0 Tom Emery (Waynesburg) Slippery Rock Open 11- 9/177 5-4 Scott Shipman (W. Liberty St., unatt.) Slippery Rock Open 11- 9/177 forfeit Ethan Brownbeck (Del. Val.) Slippery Rock Open 11-23/177 10-0 Farrito (Central Michigan) Michigan Open 11-23/177 F 4:25 Perez (Brock) Michigan Open 11-23/177 18-2 Brimm (Michigan St.) Michigan Open 11-24/177 F 6:05 #1 Erich Harvey (Michigan St.) Michigan Open 12- 6/177 F 2:02 Bryan Simpson (Western St.) Las Vegas Invit. 12- 6/177 F 4:34 #8 Jim Straight (Edinboro) Las Vegas Invit. 12- 6/177 3-2 #3 Aaron Simpson (Arizona St.) Las Vegas Invit. 12- 6/177 4:06 #7 Brandon Alderman (Wyoming) Las Vegas Invit. 12- 7/177 10-5 #2-167 Barry Weldon (Iowa St.) Las Vegas Invit. 12-15/177 5-4 Leo Giel (Rider) Clarion Duals 12-15/177 10-0 Erik McGrath (Drexel) Clarion Duals 12-15/177 F 2:10 Aaron Mitchell (Clarion) Clarion Duals 12-28/177/#8 F 1:25 Nathan Stanley (Pacific) Oregon Classic 12-28/177/#8 F 5:10 Rick Jordan (Southern Oregon) Oregon Classic 12-28/177/#8 7-4 Saunders Freed (Oregon St.) Oregon Classic 12-29/177/#8 Def #7 Brandon Alderman (Wyoming) Oregon Classic 1-12/177/#8 8-2 Bryan Matusic (Pittsburgh) Dual 1-19/177/#8 forfeit DNC (Duquesne) Wendy’s Classic Duals 1-19/177/#8 F 1:11 Joe Papp (Cleveland St.) Wendy’s Classic Duals 1-19/177/#8 6-0 Dave Smith (Ashland) Wendy’s Classic Duals 1-25/177/#8 10-9 #11 Jevon Herman (Illinois) Dual 2- 1/177/#8 F 2:36 Mark Colegrove (Purdue) Dual 2 2/177/#8 5-0 Joe DeGain (Michigan) Dual 2- 7/177/#8 7-3 Joe Goeden (Northwestern) Dual 2- 9/177/#8 5-0 Jim Straight (Edinboro) Dual 2- 9/177/#8 F 0:55 B. Aaron Del Mar (Indiana) Dual 2-14/177/#8 F 6:35 Frank Morici (Penn State) Dual 2-16/177/#8 7-5 Chad Lipton (Wisconsin) Dual 2-16/177/#8 11-0 Josh Heffernan (Ohio U.) Dual 2-21/177/#7 F 2:09 Ben Barton (Northern Iowa) Dual 2-23/177/#7 12-0 Brandon Eggum (Minnesota) Dual 3- 8/177/#7 MT 18-0 Mark Colegrove (Purdue) Big Ten Champs. 3- 9/177/#7 3-0 Brandon Eggum (Minnesota) Big Ten Champs. 3- 9/177/#7 5-3 #9 Jevon Herman (Illinois) Big Ten Champs. Clark’s previous NCAA Championship results Overall Record: 1-2 1995 unseeded at 177, did not place 1-2

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